06 | RESORT: Big Sky
TIM FAGAN, 24 Ski Instructor Big Sky, 2012
BIG SKY, MONTANA Come to the Wild West and Ride Cowboy Country!
THE HILL - With more than 5500 acres of terrain, Big Sky’s motto is “The Biggest Skiing in America.” But that is not even half the story…our bro’s in the States regard Big Sky as a training ground for Alaska. Why…? Well, 4350ft of vertical descent and 35ft of light, fluffy snow make this a full-on steep & deep resort. And some of the terrain is fully insane…with long couloirs opening into huge powder fields, cliff drops into tight chutes and single descents stretching 3000 vertical feet in waist-deep powder! Now please let me remind you of the name of this resort: BIG SKY. You’ve probably not heard it before. And that, my friend, is the beauty of the place. Even during the busiest weeks, lift lines are non-existent. Locals say that the only thing that will slow down your riding is your own leg strength…or lack of it! If you want to get down with some freestyle riding, Big Sky has a sick park but the interconnected Moonlight Basin is the place to go with two incredible snow parks with everything from basic boxes to monster table-tops!
THE COMMUNITY - Best thing about Big Sky…ski-in/ ski-out. This is pretty rare (and generally super-expensive) in North America. So after a big day shredding the pow, you can sink into a hot-tub, dive into the pool at the Huntley Lodge or point your tips to one of the local bars for a cheeky beer. Big Sky is a lively mountain village with four or five grubby bars (!) and a few more classy establishments. Kick back with some live music at Scissorbill’s Saloon or head over for a beer at the Lone Peak Microbrewery. If you fancy something to eat, you’ll be spoilt for choice with over twenty eateries – Italian, Fondue, Steak, Burger, Seafood, Pizza, Thai, Fine Dining and…The Montana Dinner Yurt! Jump onboard a snowcat, travel 2 miles up
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the hill and enjoy a 3-course meal with live acoustic music in a backcountry yurt! Apart from life’s essentials – skiing/ riding, eating and drinking, there’s a lot of fun to be had at Big Sky with a zipline, snowshoe-ing, high ropes, bungee trampoline, climbing wall and snow-tubing. And there’s free WiFi all round the village! The atmosphere is superrelaxed and friendly and everyone’s always ready to say “Howdy” and have a chat! ACCOMMODATION - SnowSkool Big Sky students will be housed in a series of slopeside condos. All condos have two or three bedrooms and have a spacious, open-plan kitchen/ diner onto a living room with large fireplace, cable TV, DVD player and free WiFi. SnowSkool students have access to a fitness centre, large swimming pool and hot tubs at the nearby Huntley Lodge. The condos are ideally located ten minutes from all the amenities in the village centre and with stunning views of Lone Mountain and out over Lake Levinsky.
RESORT STATS Average Annual Snowfall: Area: Number of Runs: Terrain Breakdown: Top Elevation:
35ft 5,532 acres 150 named runs 14% beginner – 26% intermediate – 60% advanced 11,166ft / 3,403m (second highest vertical drop in US)
Freestyle: In Big Sky, 2 Terrain Parks with jib park, kickers, tables, boxes and rails, also super-pipe and standard half-pipe. In Moonlight Basin, 3 Terrain Parks with jumps, boxes and rails (all from S to XXL)
SKOOL BREAKDOWN AGE PROFILE
TYPICAL GENDER RATIO
17-20 21-24 25+ AVERAGE AGE
65% 25% 10%
“I phoned SnowSkool about their Banff course but by the end of the call I wanted to jump on a plane to a place I’d never heard of…Big Sky!!! I’m stoked they told me about it and I’m stoked I joined the course. It is just such a cool place to ski – unbelievable terrain, so much snow, my skiing got so much better so quickly. The instructors were great, the accommodation was amazing, the restaurants & bars were cool and the people are super-friendly…I could go on! I’ve made it my mission in life to tell people about this place!”
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Snowskool's 2012 Brochure, showing ski and snowboard instructor courses.